Symposium Invitation for Presenters, Performers, and Discussants “Inviting Movements: Emerging Critical Disability & Deaf Perspectives and Practices”

The call is also available in ASL, LSQ and French.

Symposium Invitation for Presenters, Performers, and Discussants

Inviting Movements: Emerging Critical Disability & Deaf Perspectives and Practices

Concordia University, Montreal

May 4th & 5th, 2016


Application Due Date: January 10th, 2016

Application languages: Please submit your application in a word document or video in one of the following languages: English, French, ASL, or LSQ

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Symposium Call:

This symposium is an invitation for members of our communities to share differing perspectives and practices in the hopes of enabling our communities to move together. It is an invitation to come watch a screening of Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch’s documentary “Invitation to Dance”. It is an invitation to those working from critical perspectives within disability, Deaf, neurodiversity, mad, illness, crip, and other social justice movements to discuss ideas of disability, art, and movement that emerge from the screening. It is an invitation, especially for those working within Quebec, coming from Quebec, or wanting to connect better to Quebecois movements, to engage publicly with the specificity of our experiences and movements. It is an invitation to share differing perspectives and practices within and between our movements, languages, and disciplines, in hopes of creating new ways of understanding our pasts, of cooperating in the present, and of imagining our futures.

We come to this call because of a (re)emergence and incredible growth of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group in Montreal, over the last two years. Although Quebec has a long history of activism, art, and of some individual academics working on disability, these two years there has been a major increase in disability and Deaf research and activism, and an unprecedented movement towards connecting activists, artists, and academics together. We hope, through this symposium, to invite many more to this movement, and to deepen our understandings of, engagements with, accountability to, and generative learning from each other’s perspectives and practices.

We apologize for the short timeline of this call, and encourage people to submit thoughts, works, performances and videos either completed or in progress. Each presentation, performance, or video should be no longer than 20 minutes. Should you require more time for reasons of accessibility, please let us know in your application.

The call is open to everyone, but we are most interested in inviting those invested in working with(in) the specific intercultural and inter-movement dynamics of Quebec. Students and non-academics working critically in the area will be prioritized for at least two thirds of the speaking spots. We will also centre the perspectives and practices of Deaf, disabled, and otherwise marginalized people in discussions. We will contact all those who submit in order to let them know about the success of their application, as well as to discuss accessibility.

If you are interested in the call, but do not wish to submit, we encourage you to attend or to contact us at to join our conference leadership or volunteer team.